Venus Raj reveals her request for interpreter in Miss Universe 2010 was turned down

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Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj related that, prior to competing in the international beauty pageant, she wanted to have an interpreter but Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. turned down her request. 


Sa unang pagkakataon ay inamin ni Venus Raj na nag-request siya ng interpreter nang sumali siya sa 59th Miss Universe pageant na ginanap sa Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, noong August 2010.

Kuwento ni Venus sa panayam sa kanya sa News To Go ng GMA News TV ngayong Lunes, January 16:

“Prior to the competition, merong ipinadala sa aming form, pi-fill out mo siya, tapos lalagyan mo dun, ‘If you need an interpreter or not.’

“And then I checked it out, inilagay ko dun, 'Yes, I need an interpreter,' because Miss Universe will provide for interpreter.”

Pero bago raw ipa-approve ang kanyang request sa Miss Universe Organization, kinakailangan muna itong dumaan sa local franchise, ang Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).

“I really wanted to have an interpreter, but I also had to submit to authorities, which is Binibining Pilipinas Organization.

“And they said, ‘No, you don’t need an interpreter, because the Philippines is actually known as English-speaking [country], so hindi mo kailangan.’”

Diin naman ni Venus, “Pero kung ako lang talaga, gustung-gusto ko. I really want.”

Inamin din ni Venus na posibleng naging mas maganda ang kanyang naging sagot sa pageant kung nabigyan siya ng interpreter.

“My answer could have been different. I could have framed it in a way na, ‘Wow.’

“[But] it [did not] happen and everything really happens for a reason.”

Matatandaang maraming pumuna sa naging sagot ni Venus sa final question nang makapasok siya sa Top 5 at pinasikat ang mga katagang “major, major.”

Ngunit si Venus din ang nagtapos sa 11-year drought ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe dahil sa pagiging 4th runner-up niya.

Mula noon ay palagi nang nakakasama sa Top 5 ang mga kandidata ng Pilipinas, hanggang sa masungkit ni Pia Wurtzbach ang Miss Universe crown noong 2015.

ON MAXINE. Inusisa rin ang former beauty queen kung sa palagay niya ay kailangan ng interpreter ng kinatawan ng Pilipinas sa 65th Miss Universe na si Maxine Medina, lalo pa’t naba-bash ito sa kanyang pagsasalita sa English.

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Ayon kay Venus, “I think prerogative pa rin ni Maxine yun.

“Yun nga, e, even if we want to have an interpreter, and maaaring maging breakthrough ‘yan, and, you know, in the near future candidates from the Philippines can also use interpreters.

“Pero she has to submit pa rin talaga to the authority, which is Binibining Pilipinas.

“And if Binibining Pilipinas do not allow her to have an interpreter, then sila pa rin may desisyon.”

Pero sa kabila nito, naniniwala si Venus na kayang ipahayag ni Maxine ang sarili sa English.

“But with Maxine, she’s okay.

“I mean, tayo lang naman talaga ang very critical about the language, about grammar, about how we pronounce words.”

Gayunpaman, ani Venus, may bentahe sa pagsasalita sa sariling wika.

“There are Filipinos who are eloquent in English, but hindi natin madi-deny na there are also many Filipino people who want to stick to the national language.”


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